Chronic skin conditions can be very dangerous since they typically cannot be cured. They can however be managed by using medication and by making certain lifestyle changes.
The two most common chronic skin conditions are Eczema and Psoriasis. They are not a whole lot of fun to live with, and they may often come along with unsightly symptoms and effects.
Here is some basic information about them and how to treat them naturally:
What is it?
Eczema refers to a group of different medical conditions that together cause the skin to become irritated or inflamed.
The type of eczema that is most commonly found is called atopic dermatitis, also called atopic eczema.
Atopic refers to a group of diseases which are likely to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
Eczema is usually found amongst infants, but it is becoming more prominent in adults.
Most infants with this condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some continue to have symptoms from time to time throughout life.
Luckily, with proper treatment the disease can be controlled.
What causes it?
Overactive immune response –
Whilst the exact cause of eczema not known, research suggests that it is linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. This response then causes the symptoms of eczema.
There is also a strong link between eczema and families with a history of other allergies or asthma.
Defective skin barrier –
Defects in the skin barrier can allow moisture out and germs in, which can cause or worsen eczema symptoms.
Some people experience flare-ups in the form of an itchy rash when they are exposed to certain substances or conditions:
- For instance, coming into contact with rough or coarse materials may cause the skin to become itchy.
- For others, feeling too hot or too cold may cause this reaction.
- Exposure to certain household products like soap or detergent is also a common cause of these flare-ups.
- Coming in contact with animal dander can have the same effect.
What is it?
Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that causes thick red patches on the skin, which are covered with silvery “scales”.
It usually affects areas like the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. However, any skin surface may be involved, even the nails and body folds.
Psoriasis is not contagious, although it might be hereditary.
Psoriasis usually only begins later in life, but there have been a number of causes where it affects young adults.
For most people, the rash is limited to only a few areas of skin. However, it has been noted that in severe cases it can cover large areas of the body. The rash can heal and reappear throughout a person’s life.
What causes it?
The exact cause of psoriasis is also unknown, but it is suggested that a combination of factors contributes to the development of the disease.
- An abnormality in the immune system causes inflammation in the skin.
- This triggers new skin cells to develop too quickly.
- Usually, skin cells are replaced every 28 to 30 days but with psoriasis, cells are replaced every 3 to 4 days.
- The build-up of old cells being replaced by new cells creates the silver scales of psoriasis.
Although the cause of both these skin conditions is uncertain, medical research believes that it is linked to the immune system.
Since we know that the body’s immune system revolves around the digestive tract, gut health can play a vital role in managing these skin conditions.
In order to boost your immune system and to address these skin conditions, we recommend that you try to eliminate sugar, sugar drinks and starches (bread, potato, rice, pasta, sweets, cookies, etc.) from your diet.
Also eat more vegetables, good protein and drink clean water.
Follow the Manna Diet as an easy reference to healthy living.
We also recommend taking a very good probiotic to reintroduce the healthy bacteria.
The Manna GUT Support contains the essential probiotics the body need to reinstate healthy bacteria, but this product also contains essential digestive enzymes which can help to overcome certain food allergies.